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turkish police used water cannons and tear gas on protesters in east on bulls taksim square just hours after the prime minister threatened to use force to move them. moderate cleric. takes almost fifty one percent of the vote to become iran's new president elect amid questions over whether he will change the country's nuclear ambitions. and syria calls america's claims that it used chemical weapons fabricated while russia which is also unconvinced condemns washington's decision to arm rebels as an undermining of peace efforts.
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and a line from moscow this is r t i'm sean thomas glad to have you with us. now turkish police have used to tear gas and water cannons to force crowds of protesters out of stumbles taksim square during the crackdown twenty nine people were injured demonstrators had assembled in the streets leading to the square and began setting up barricades meanwhile people have started to gather in other turkish cities including carla this comes shortly after the prime minister issued yet another warning to protesters saying security forces will intervene if they do not fear taksim square by sunday and one of the country's main labor unions announced it will launch a general strike on monday in response to the actions of the police. reports from istanbul this but we can talk about being completely cleared of protest and i think you by the you can see it now we have some ambulance vehicles there and if you will if you can please. at the court in
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a corner of your screen you probably see people that are just smelling everything and tax him in the gezi park and this is that basically what is happening here right now is that police have actually entered the gezi park for the first time in two weeks and they are taking apart all the tents and all the barricades that people have built there now we also know that neither media nor medical personnel are actually allowed at this point in the park itself at all of this comes just an hour after prime minister won it again said that this protest will not be tolerated and that's all the tense will have to be gone by sunday you have to understand that there are hundreds of tents that were in there people were literally living there for weeks and of course now a lot of people that have left taksim square or other pushed out by police with water cannons and tear gas they're all now in congregating in. the streets that are leading up to talks to the square one of the main thoroughfares is to khalil with all the shops and extremely efficient popular public attraction actually i think it's blocked by the by the crowds right now i could hear the cheering and yelling
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slogans anti-government slogans and they're also cordoned off by police that and the did use water cannons to try and cool them down but that obviously didn't work so these people are not going anywhere i have as my nose to the temple this came next to me and one of them was very violent protests to my gas mask and i show him you know i have as mine i cannot breathe please don't take much my gas mask they didn't they didn't they didn't listen and then treat them came. through brutally they took my gas mask my barretts my cask and then my friends she had to give her own gas mask to me so i didn't throw any like stones to the police but they're still attacking me and millions of people like me two days ago he said you have twenty four hours did yesterday you said you you have to win four hours and today is that you have sealed until tomorrow so i this is an ambush we're going to be here we're not going to leave because this is our preferred that sits. this is yet
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another. dispersal of protest in istanbul this week we had another one on tuesday and then if you look at the city like on kharaj the capital of turkey the protest which are dispersed by police with water cannons and tear gas have been going on there on a daily basis and only two nights of those days were the occasions when police did not interfere this is a major move when it comes to dispersing protests that we're talking about guess the park now being evicted i do not think that we're seeing the end of it just yet because like i said there are thousands of people that are on the streets of istanbul right now so again we have to wait and see how this iteration develops from here are you reporting for us there now a journalist who has covered the middle east who says the protesters have little chance of getting their message across unless they are unified. well we see here is a isn't. a primarily an omen and from set your western face to the
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kind you used to having a very illogical role in politics in china having a loud voice is the most powerful voice that it presents in the countryside and the think that the rise to power the islamists was upset is now and did you know this is a really positive element of the protests in and the sort of the young kids in just . who you know we in the west and elsewhere around the world can identify with this yearning to greater freedoms but there's a real danger that if the if the jersey kids don't get there to get it set a state that they what they're going to do is end mainly benefiting the generals and the old school security for terence. moderate clara cousin rouhani is iran's new president elect the reformist backed
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former secretary of the supreme national security council and exit nuclear negotiator one fifty one percent of the vote in the election to avoid a runoff he will inherit a country with an economy badly hurt by western sanctions aimed at tehran's nuclear program parties money from national has been following the vote and reports from the capital. people have taken to the streets of tehran to celebrate the victory all of us on their honeymoon and that is. that the heart victory has mixed feelings among iranians. he is known as a reformist and carries the problem many specially in terms of greater freedoms boiron still runs diplomatic isolation the country has been under sob sanctions book years now over a sprinter version nuclear program during his campaign rouhani has promised to prepare a civil rights job to restart the economy and improve your relations with them
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whereas his criticize us many times for making remarks that cost the country its privileges but at the same time. they're on realize that the iranian system works with major power held by the elected supreme leader the president can do little to change things dramatically. the supreme leader has the final say on big issues like the difference disputed from her syria for example send those same bets that the next president can at least take the time out of iran's dealings with the outside world moment chief nuclear negotiator rouhani is nothing more he's considering at brooch to syria now where the government has condemned claims by washington that it used chemical weapons as a caravan of lies based on fabricated information damascus also accused of the
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white house of double standards and dealing with terrorism after denounced it would send weapons to rebels the u.s. could implode a no fly zone over parts of syria with egypt's president mohamed morsi also backing that option or he's going to switch account has more details. the white house says it's the session to arm syrian rebels is based on intelligence that the assad government has used chemical weapons the mask denies the allegations washington cites its own intelligence community as well as french and british intelligence a u.s. official who declined to be identified told the media here that according to a cia report the u.s. has acquired blood urine and hair samples from two syrian rebels one dead and one wounded and according to the cia report those two rebels were exposed to nerve agent sarin brian becker he is here with me today to talk about thank you what the administration tries to present as definitive evidence that the assad government has used chemical weapons we don't know much about the evidence that they have but
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this report about two rebels do you think that could be enough for the cia to come up with definitive conclusions well no the evidence is dubious it's very scant in fact but it's really not about the evidence it's not even about weapons of mass destruction it's not about sarah nerve gas there's been an acknowledgement in washington that if you want to take this country to war either by bombing another country or intervening or occupying raise the specter of weapons of mass destruction and that's the ticket in order to get massive media coverage justifying an escalation and that's what's going on there's been a decision taken by the white house to escalate this is just a red herring not a red line the phrase that we often hear in washington these days is we need to tip the balance seemed the other direction meaning in the direction of the rebels but behind that technical sounding phrase tipping the balance is a lot of killing that would have to be done to achieve that goal right to what
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lengths do you think the u.s. is ready to go to achieve a desired outcome in syria tipping the balance is just a euphemism and in fact bizarre and ridiculous the fact of the matter is this civil war which has taken ninety three thousand. according to the united nations was fueled by outside forces got their turkey saudi arabia who are they are the proxies or allies of the united states and britain and france nato powers they've been funneling arms into syria creating the conditions for civil war in fact promoting civil war i would say they have a lot of blood on their hands senator mccain is a very active supporter of of an aggressive u.s. intervention in syria and he's everywhere now on all news channels applauding the administration's decision to arm the rebels in one of the interviews he suggested that he'd talk all the way to extremists taking over syria because they would not be allied with iran and it's not just him who constantly mentions iran in the context of these discussions how much of this is about in your opinion well john
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mccain's comments are very interesting but but not unusual if you look back the last thirty years the united states has made the my enemy's enemy is my friend the theme of its foreign policy it armed osama bin ladin the mujahideen against the afghan government because it was a socialist government and aligned with the soviet union mccain is a cheerleader for war but what is the real goal yes iran is the target iran ultimately because of its alliance with syria its alliance with hezbollah in lebanon ultimately the u.s. wants to destroy it in weaken hezbollah and finally destroy the islamic republic of iran not because it wants a more democratic iran but because it wants a puppet government or proxy like they used to have when they have the shah. the fear is that the message that the rebels will receive with the weapons is not go sit down and talk the message will be go fight and kill which kind of kills the chances of a political solution doesn't it brian becker anti-war activist in washington i'm going to check out. more analysis on this i'm joined to live by jason it gets news
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editor at antiwar dot com jason thanks for being with us to talk about this issue. now the white house claims assad and his forces have resorted to using chemical weapons but the international community does not seem so convinced why is this the case. well that's because the the evidence is mostly secret there hasn't really been any chance for the public to fathom this so-called proof and even the obama administration was rejecting this exact same evidence only a few weeks ago saying it didn't constitute conclusive proof and it's only now that the decision to intervene that their contention that this is true. well why would president assad used chemical weapons on a small scale i mean this is a weapon that's designed for mass casualties now and also he's reportedly gaining ground on the rebels with conventional weapons so why would he even resort to these
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measures. well that's that's one of the many things it doesn't make sense of first are a lot of things that don't make sense about this narrow human being that one of the most significant suppose that incidents of chemical weapons use and all that it can be yes assad's own soldiers which shout why would you be attacked it's our own forces out i mean it makes no sense at all. now the u.s. says it is not ruling out the possibility of a no fly zone over syria wouldn't peaceful negotiations be a better solution especially as the peace conference in geneva is coming up next month. if these only go she says it's always a better solution in my book but i think we shouldn't. we shouldn't allow them to sort of style a no fly zone as a half measure between full scale military intervention and doing nothing let's not beat around the bush it no fly zone is an act of war it's
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a step to war defense secretary hague bill has said repeatedly bad imposing a no fly zone would mean. the u.s. is committed to an open ended conflict in syria and just like you would be i you know you would likely just ask america. recently we just turn learned that egypt has broken off ties. diplomatically with syria and is now calling for a no fly zone as well what do you think cairo is trying to achieve with this announcement and they're backing this idea. well i don't think it's an out take only be surprised that cairo government is. going to power and protests of it own and has sort of taken a policy that it would like to see here french fried across the middle east and the fact that in syria have peaceful protests it's become a violent proxy war between national forces backing is why mess with.
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iran and hezbollah backing government doesn't seem to enter into it i think mostly president morsi is just trying to gain credibility with his own islamic followers eating by the underside of of jihad now kind of going down the rabbit hole are we edging closer to the point of no return and when it comes to military intervention or is there still possibility for a diplomatic solution. there's always the possibility for just all it takes is the courage to actually go tend to be the real question is whether anybody in the administration cares to even attempt to diplomatic solution and certainly to give lip service to things like the geneva conference from time to time but when push comes to shove it seems like they're more interested in sending weapons than they are in negotiating cox. all right jason did say news editor at antiwar dot com thank you very much for being with us interesting to hear thoughts on the subject.
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now russia is also unconvinced by america's chemical weapons findings saying it would make no sense for assad to deploy a toxic arsenal foreign minister sergey lavrov also slammed washington's decision to arm rebels saying it undermined peace efforts artie's oleksiak cesky has more on moscow's response. the russian foreign minister revealed that it was very regrettable that when the allegations of rebel syrian rebels using chemical weapons at the town of aleppo were made public by the syrian government it's time to ask the un commission to investigate and nothing was eventually done but only when the allegations of syrian government using the chemical weapon of weapons appeared to ashton experts start to it was conduct a certain investigation on this matter also reveals that for some time his partners in the west and israel have been saying all along that the syrian government would only use chemical weapons if it's backed against the wall he just seemed.
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the syrian regime hasn't been pushed into the corner the regime according to the rebels is advancing on the ground what's the point of the regime using chemical weapons and in such small amounts to set itself up. with the chemical weapons usage by the syrian government the alleged chemical weapons usage now being hotly debated across the atlantic as well as the calls to arm the syrian rebels lover off said that he didn't believe that the red line the so-called red line was actually crossed first of all because what the united states believes to be the proof of assad using chemical weapons is not a substantial proof at all mainly because the prove gathering process itself was not made in accordance with international regulations. for the world there are certain rules of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons which suggest that samples of blood urine clothes and so will can be classed as evidence
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only if these samples were collected by the organizations experts and if these experts controlled the samples and rude to the born tories u.s. colleagues failed to assurance that these procedures were and he had to level off also reminded that recently allegedly its wealth people from the al nusra front a syrian rebels were detained in turkey care. chemical weapons also unconfirmed reports off chemical weapons being produced in iraq for the syrian rebels found it's very regrettable as well that these reports even despite being unconfirmed did not cause any concerns in the west. reporting for us there now still ahead for you this hour who knows who. world leaders can expect a frosty welcome as anti-capitalist protesters in the u.k. come together as head of a g eight meeting to claim the banks and corporations are responsible for the country's debt and should be paying up. plus we report on how the man who blew the
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whistle on american government espionage against his own citizens is getting immense public support these stories and more after a short break. mission
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. critical three months for charges three. arrangement three. three. three. download free blog videos for your media project a free media or don to r.t. dot com. and welcome back you're with our team a mass rally has been held in belfast to challenge the policies and priorities of world leaders due to meet at the g eight summit in northern ireland on monday over a thousand people marched against large corporations accused of dodging that the payment of huge sums of taxes it follows protests in london where riot police moved against the demonstrators to disperse them after
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a standoff lasting several hours or days by boyko as the details. and here austerity campaign as an environmentalist have gathered here in what they call the penthouse suite of global capitalism otherwise known as canary wharf london's business district time to a number of banks such as j.p. morgan and bottling is now it's an event called they owe us and today in the title is aimed squarely at g eight leaders who are set to meet for the start of the g eight summit is boosted by the great satan in northern ireland on monday protesters gathered here come from a number of different organizations but they all say that they're concerned with one thing and that's the concentration of wealth and power that the g eight summit represents so next week at the g eight david cameron is going to be saying that he's saving the world he's come out with all these great policies that make things better for you know that's just not true he's making decisions and all those needs in fact making decisions that are in the interests of the financial institutions of
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these large corporations and not in the interests of normal people leave the banks out. so there it could it's me we've got to max out i mean is there a debt to us you know we're doing that so that say the simple stuff idea this week anticapitalist protesters clashed with riot police in central london and around sixty arrests were made one was on the lips of many of the protests as we speak into today's inequalities while this business district is home to a number of investment banks several of the god of territory nor money of london's poorest areas where four out of ten children live in poverty so without the government spending cuts on the way protests disappointing and the finger of blame at the banks and the politicians reporting from canary wharf in london. and we've got more stories for you on our website including. mathematics can they cure cancer canadian scientists hope so dot com we have a story on how sophisticated mathematical models could be used to destroy cancerous
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cells. plus a new initiative to bring global attention to g.m.o. foods has been launched a website specifically devoted to allowing participants to record a video explaining why they stand against a g.m.o. as has been said you can head to our web site to learn more about the monsanto video campaign. the cyber standoff between the u.s. and china has taken a new twist amid revelations of potentially wholesale industrial espionage by washington the same system that spies on millions of americans is alleged to be hacking into the communications of chinese computer users fears of mass surveillance have prompted displays of anger outside capitol hill although even protesting is proving to challenge their party's lose wall has more lieutenant michael battle with united states police in your ministry without a permit you cannot leave because you love the coolest business executives we are
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entitled to. because you're right there which we need to divide it up so that we're not more than twenty people in either group because apparently more than twenty people in the country are angry you can't have a demonstration without a permit so we're going to hamil over into the park maybe we'll just have themselves a moving press conference we're supposed to have the ability to congregate to address grievances to our government this is the one of the biggest scandals ever and we're not allowed to do that what does that say protesters here voiced their support for edward snowden the man who admitted to being the source of leaking classified documents to the guardian he exposed widespread government surveillance being conducted by the n.s.a. amid these revelations protesters here voiced their concern about unchecked government powers i think these discussions about snowden are really a distraction what we need to be focusing on isn't whether or not what he did was lawful it's whether or not what the agency did was lawful what we do or don't do as
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a society about this massive accumulation of power through the control. information about people's personal lives as well as there simply was information gathered on every detail and what chronic gadget with american it took was while protesters here celebrate snowden's actions calling him a whistleblower some calling him a hero government officials have condemned his actions including some members of congress snowden is believed to be in hong kong right now. here at the capitol as well. and in hong kong hundreds have also rallied in support of edward snowden demonstrators urged their government to protect the n.s.a. leaker from extradition rushing out at the u.s. sweeping surveillance program exposed he also sent a letter to the u.s. consulate demanding an end to the surveillance of internet users under the n.s.a.
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program which violates the rights of people around the world. thousands of protesters are marching along the bosphorus bridge in istanbul in an attempt to regain the taksim square while police fired tear gas trying to disperse them we'll have more information on that as it becomes available but now turning to some other international news making headlines around the world this hour. thousands of teachers have protested in lisbon against austerity measures imposed by the government they voiced their anger against longer working weeks larger class sizes and the risk of layoffs demonstrators say that public schools are sending thousands of qualified teachers onto the streets austerity measures are being imposed as part of a seventy eight billion euro international bailout agreed to in two thousand and eleven. in pakistan at least fourteen people have been killed by
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a bus bomb at a woman's university in the city of another blast was later reported at the hospital where the injured were treated this was followed by a fierce gun fight there where at least four security officers and four sailors were killed and in a separate attack three rocket propelled grenades hit the former residence of pakistan's late founder mohammad ali jinnah. hundreds of protesters have clashed with police outside the national stadium in the brazilian capital at least two people have been injured by rubber bullets according to police at least fifteen people have may have. been made. fifteen arrests have been made rather excuse me demonstrators are angry about the high cost of holding international football tournaments saying the money would be better spent on health care and education this comes a day after nationwide protests over an increase in transportation.
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and after the break we meet the first woman in orbit a volunteer and her inspirational story is next. six sandiego residents were thrown off of an airplane not for what they said but how they said it because they said it in another language russian in fact a paranoid and cowardly steward on the plane told them that they had to clear out just for speaking another language to be here yes of some group of people were to commit a terrorist act then speaking in a foreign language would be a good tactic i can't deny that and for those who come to america better get on the ball and learn to speak english adequately but there is a problem about fifty million tourists visit america every year according to the u.s. department of commerce and trust me not all of them are canadians if the u.s.
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is going to have millions of tourists arriving in traveling by air then don't be surprised when they speak their own languages if you're going to throw foreigners off of airplanes just for speaking their native languages then you're going to have to basically throw people off of half of the planes flying over the united states but that's just my opinion. she might never have made it she wasn't at the top of the candidate's shortlist but eventually she did blast off shouting triumphantly. as the flight began she was unable to switch to manual control but after three.

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